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Do I Love You Enough?

My family is formed through both adoption and birth. We adopted from Ethiopia first, then I gave birth to two more children. My relationship with my oldest daughter is complex because, at the back of my mind, I am always aware that she is also someone else’s daughter too. We had the privilege of meeting […]

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My Wife’s Pregnancy May Not Be Like Your Pregnancy

Five years ago, I was pregnant with our first daughter. Initially, my wife didn’t want to carry a child, but I guess I did such a stellar job she thought she’d give it a try (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). Fast forward 35 weeks into her pregnancy and I am not sure she’s […]

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Dialing Ethiopia: The Day I Called My Daughter’s Birth Mother

I suppose the journey to be in contact with our child’s birth mother started even before we were matched with our daughter. It was in the early days when whispers of others’ falsified documents and inconsistencies lurked like shadows. I dismissed all ill feelings knowing that our agency was not corrupt and we were good […]

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What Are My Words Doing?

Words have power. What we say can help or hurt, sometimes for far longer than we intend. Even though it was years ago now, I vividly remember the day that I realized how much power one person’s words can have on a life. I was supporting some English Language Learners in their Kindergarten class and […]

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How I Became a Mom: International Adoption

With Mother’s Day coming up, we’re taking this week to share stories from our own Twin Cities Moms Blog Contributors on how they became mothers. We all have unique stories, and some of our stories are still being written. We hope you enjoy reading about these moms’ experiences! Halloween 2011. I sat at my desk at work, making my […]

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Racially-Diverse Books to Check Out

So many children’s books contain only white characters. Or if they DO include non-white characters, they are often in minor roles and are rarely found in greater numbers than the white characters. This became painfully apparent to me after our daughter joined our family through International Adoption. I began searching for books with characters that looked like her and came […]

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